Architectural heritage of Malaysia

ZainfotoZainfoto Zain PhotosMalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

Malaysia has numerous heritage buildings inherited from the British Colonial Government that ruled Malaysia (formerly Malaya) since 1786 started in Penang Island under the British East India Company and later the British Crown/ The colonialism then spread to Melaka state and Singapore (once part of Malaya) in 1826 and eventually the rule spread to the whole Peninsular Malaysia by the end of 19th century.

To make its presence felt and seen, the British Colonial government built numerous prominent buildings especially as administrative buildings that administered any states in Malaya (now Malaysia).

Photographing architectural heritage has become my pet genre of photography although I also equally love other subject like landscape and street. Let me share some of the photographs of some prominent heritage buildings in Malaysia.


This is Town Hall in Penang, (the northern state of Malaysia). It was opened on 6 August 1880 as the place where colonial high ranking officers and expatriates watched plays, musicals and socialised.


The City Council of Penang completed in 1903 as an administrative office to serve as the municipal office.


Completed in 1895 located on Beach Street, Penang this building housed George Town Dispensaryeven until todate,

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Originally the Government Offices in Kuala Lumpur (now known as the Sultan Abddul Samad Building) completed in 1897 as the central government offices housing various government departments.

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  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins ArizonaRegistered Users Posts: 2,688 Major grins

    Very interesting, Zain. Thanks for sharing these.

  • ZainfotoZainfoto Zain Photos MalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

    @Cornflake said:
    Very interesting, Zain. Thanks for sharing these.

    You're welcome Cornflake. I am glad if it interests you. :)

  • ZainfotoZainfoto Zain Photos MalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

    Although Kuala Lumpur is relatively a young city having started its development since 1857, it has quite a number of heritage buildings that still stand stong even until today.

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building (originally known simply as the Government Offices) was the first ever public building constructed in 1894 by the British Colonial Government that remains intact until now. It was officially open in 1897 with grand celebration. It is also the first building built in what is called the Indo-Saracenic architectural style having imported its design from British India. It was the British decision to adopt this Islamic style to please the muslim sultans as well as the majority population of Malaya then who were muslims.

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    The building has been gazetted as the National Heritage and now serves as the Tourism Office under the supervision of the Tourism Ministry.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,852 Major grins

    Incredible captures! Wonderful light and composition! The wide-angle effect is distorting many of the shots, but still good to look at. Only Vertical Pano and stitching them together can prevent such distorting. Cheers.

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,288 Major grins

    Great shots and wonderful architecture.

  • ZainfotoZainfoto Zain Photos MalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Incredible captures! Wonderful light and composition! The wide-angle effect is distorting many of the shots, but still good to look at. Only Vertical Pano and stitching them together can prevent such distorting. Cheers.

    Thanks for the comment. I love ultra wide-angle shot for its extreme and unrealistic perspective on the building but it also depends on the building we are shooting.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,828 Major grins

    I'm happy to see and learn more about your corner of the world. The vertical distortion in most of your pictures, however, wears thin after awhile.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • ZainfotoZainfoto Zain Photos MalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

    @black mamba said:
    I'm happy to see and learn more about your corner of the world. The vertical distortion in most of your pictures, however, wears thin after awhile.

    The converging verticals if it is on extreme side becomes apparent that it is not a mistake but an intentional composition :)

  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Registered Users Posts: 500 Major grins

    Zain...

    Wonderful images! Again, bringing back great memories of my time spent in KL.

    I too share your interest in photographing architecturally significant structures. Thank you for sharing these.

    The Sultan Abddul Samad Building, is a superb example of architectural design. I just love all of the twists, turns, arches. One could spend hours photographing just this one building. I came away with this shot, during my latest visit in 2018.

  • ZainfotoZainfoto Zain Photos MalaysiaRegistered Users Posts: 18 Big grins

    @El Gato said:
    Zain...

    Wonderful images! Again, bringing back great memories of my time spent in KL.

    I too share your interest in photographing architecturally significant structures. Thank you for sharing these.

    The Sultan Abddul Samad Building, is a superb example of architectural design. I just love all of the twists, turns, arches. One could spend hours photographing just this one building. I came away with this shot, during my latest visit in 2018.

    Thanks EL Gato. Beautiful shot of one of the towers that encases staricase :)

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